Jillian is a freelance journalist who has called the bayside in sunny San Diego home for the past two years, yet she continues to return to the Garden State every few months, because you can take the girl out of Jersey but you can't take the Jersey out of the girl. She lives and breathes news and would rather be in the thick of things getting the story. She started her career deep in Hudson County politics at The Jersey Journal. Since 2003, she's been writing feature stories/home, garden, health, fitness, food and more for a variety of Gannett publications, including Morris County's Daily Record and its magazines; Good Life, Panache and Real Morris, as well as Somerset County's Courier News. About the same time, the New Jersey bureau chief of the Associated Press personally invited her to take their writing test (she passed) and is qualified to write for any AP bureau in the United States. In Southern California, she has contributed to the Beach & Bay Press, Peninsula Beacon, La Jolla Light and is now a correspondent for Ranch & Coast, a luxury lifestyle magazine based in Encinitas. While recently pursuing her other passion, broadcast journalism — she has reported for Montclair TV34, hosted This Week in East Brunswick for EBTV3 and her own half-hour producer's showcase for award-winning Del Mar (CA) Television. For Jillian, one thing is certain, writing is always at the center of it all.